The 1990s proved to be a troublesome time for the UK's motor industry, and if events in the first half of 2000 are anything to go by, the turmoil is set to continue well into the new millennium. But despite the gloom, the motor industry will continue to be an important contributor to the UK economy. The passenger car sector (both new and used), together with the commercial vehicle, motorcycle, moped and scooter sectors had a combined estimated retail value of £62.5bn in 1999, whilst approximately 942,000 people were employed in motor manufacturing and related industries.